[CHS-L } TIGERS 12 St. Pius X (Festus) 6

  • From: "W. Keith Currie" <wkcurrie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CHS-list <CHS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:55:51 -0800 (PST)

November 6, 2013  TIGERS  12  St. Pius X (Festus) 6
Rain throughout the day soaked Hopke Field,  and turned it into a muddy track…a
perfect environment for the Lancers of St. Pius X to upset the Tigers.  The 
Lancers controlled the ball
throughout most of the night, but 2 25 yard TD carries by the Tigers Rod Jones
provided just enough scoring for the Tigers to slide their way into the Class 2
District 1 championship game.  TIGERS  12  St. Pius X  6
Many Tiger fan were stunned when it appeared the Tigers would
be held scoreless in the first quarter.  The two teams traded a couple of quick 
possessions before the Tigers got
the ball back with 3:14 to go in the 1st following a crucial 4th down stop by 
the Tiger defense.  Rod Jones then had carries of 4, 4 and 1 yard.  Tyler 
Grissom then ran for 18 yards and had another carry
for no gain.  Grissom then hit
Jones with a middle screen for a 23 yard gain to the Lancers’ 25 yardline.  
Jones then burst to the outside, was
able to make a quick cut on the very slippery field and raced 25 yards into the
endzone.  The Tigers 2 point play
failed, as the Grissom slipped in the mud after taking the snap.  TIGERS  6  
St. Pius X 0
with 0:27 to go in the 1sgt quarter.
The two teams traded punts to begin the 2nd quarter.  The Tiger defense again
stopped St. Pius when a 4th down pass fell incomplete, giving the
Tigers the ball at their own 42.  The Tiger offense was unable to take 
advantage of the good field
position and was forced to punt again.  St. Pius ran 2 plays and the clock 
expired, ending the 1st half.  TIGERS  6  St. Pius X  0
The Tigers recovered the onside kick attempt at the Tigers
49.  Darrell Monroe had a nice 9
yard run on 1st down.  Monroe slipped at the line of scrimmage on 2nd down, for 
gain.  Grissom then ran for 2 yards
giving the Tigers a 1st down.  Monroe then had a strong run for 13 yards, but 
apparently was re-injured
on the play.  He was taken to the
lockerroom where he was checked out by a doctor.  He would return to the 
sideline, but would not return to
action.  Jones replaced Monroe at
running back, and carried for 1 yard to the Lancers 25.  On the next play it 
was again Jones,
again breaking to the outside, again for the 25 yard TD.  The 2point run 
attempt was stuffed by
the Lancers.  TIGERS  12  St. Pius X  0
with 10:11 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Lancers offense would finally come to life and answer
the Tigers score.  Chris Filer had
carries for 19, 6, 2, 1 and 3 yards.  Tryson Thornton carried for 10 yards.  
Filer then carried for 2 yards to the Tigers 14.  Lancers QB Mickey Karoly then 
hit Filer
with a 14 yard TD pass.  The PAT
attempt failed.  TIGERS  12  St. Pius X  6
with 4:17 left in the 3rd.
The Tiger offense failed to move the ball and were forced to
punt.  The snap from center slid
past Colt Callens who was forced to just fall on the ball, giving the Lancers
the ball at the Tigers  38 with
momentum well on the side of the Lancers.
Thornton carried three times in a row, for gains of 1,1 and
4.  On 4th and 4 the
Lancers had a costly false start penalty making it 4th and 9.  Thornton caught 
a pass for a 6 yard
gain, giving the Tigers the ball at the Tigers 31.
The Tigers would run one play before the quarter came to an
end.  Two more Tiger plays to begin
the 4th quarter, and the Tigers were again forced to punt.  Callens punt would 
roll dead at the
Lancers’ 31 yardline.
The Tiger defense held the Lancers. Assisted greatly by
Callens tackle of Filer for a 9 yard loss.  The Lancers punted to the Tigers 40.
The Tiger offense started off well, with a nice 14 yard run
by Jamal Johnson.  Jones carried
for 4.  Grissom carried for 4.  Jones then raced for 30 yards before
being knocked out of bounds at the Lancers’ 8 yardline by Thornton.  The Tigers 
appeared to be poised to put
the game out of reach with a 1st and goal from the 8, but the
Lancers had other ideas.  Grissom
carried for no gain.  Jones carried
for 1 yard.  Hunter Trevathan
appeared to have a seam, but slipped making a cut for a gain of 1 yard.  
Grissom’s 4th down pass fell
incomplete, giving the Lancers the ball at their own 6, 94 yards away from
tying or winning the game, with 5:31 left in the game.
The Lancers matriculated the ball down the field (credit to
Hank Stram).   Lance Ervin
carried for 4 yards to the 10.  Filer moved the ball out to the 20 with a 7 
yard carry and a 3 yard
carry.  Ervin ran for 9.  Thornton for 5, then 3, then 6, then
2.  Filer would carry for 5 yards,
to midfield.  Filer then carried
for 2 to the Tigers 48.  Thornton
ran for 3 to the 45.  Thornton then
carried for 1 yard, and then for 4 to the Tigers 40.  Thornton was then dropped 
for a loss of 4 by Tiger Landon
Stricklin, setting up a crucial 4th and 6.  Remember the Lancers false start 
penalty earlier?  Well, it happened again and at a
terrible time for the Lancers, creating a must-have 4th and 11 with
just 0:52 left in the game.  Karoly
appeared stopped at the line of scrimmage, but carried the Tiger tacklers
before finally being stopped after a gain of 7…which would have been enough for
a 1st down but for the false start penalty.
The Tigers knelt twice, and the Tigers breathed a sigh of
FINAL:  TIGERS  12  St. Pius X  6
This was the 1st matchup between the Tigers and
St. Pius X.  However, I have a
feeling that we will be seeing more of them in the future as they were a
talented, young team.
The win pushes the Tigers to 9-1 on the season, and puts
them in the Class 2 District 1 finals to face the Malden Greenwave, who won
handily tonight over Scott City.
Hopefully the weather and field conditions will be a little
better for the Class 2 District 1 final. Malden is much improved from September
6, when the Tigers defeated the Green Wave at Malden 32-7, and the Tigers will
come into the championship game riddled with injuries. I hope to see a bunch of
LOUD, TIGERS FANS at Hopke Field Monday night as the Tigers attempt to win the 
2 District 1 championship their 10th time in the last 11 years, and for
the 6th year in a row.
W. Keith Currie
CHS Class of 1983

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